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Picnic Shelter Reservations

 

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Our picnic shelters and open areas are popular locations for baptisms, family reunions, wedding receptions, company picnics and other special events.

Reserve online, by phone at 847-367-6640, or in person 8 am–4:30 pm, weekdays, at our General Offices at 1899 West Winchester Road in Libertyville.

Reservations for 2017 picnic shelter rentals are now being accepted. Plan early for your family reunion, company picnic or other group gathering to ensure your first choice of shelter and date.


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Picnic Shelter Locations and Amenities

 
capacity
band
catering
fireplace
fishing
flush-toilets
heated-restrooms
heaters
horseshoe-pit
moonwalk
picnic-tables
playfield
playground
raod-access
tent
volleyball-court
Fox River Shelter A | Port Barrington
350
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fox River Shelter B | Port Barrington
150
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
200
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Greenbelt Shelter A | North Chicago
150
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Greenbelt Shelter B | North Chicago
200
 
 
 
 
 
 
Greenbelt Shelter C | North Chicago
200
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Greenbelt Shelter D | North Chicago
200
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Half Day Shelter A | Vernon Hills
200
 
 
 
 
 
Half Day Shelter B | Vernon Hills
200
 
 
 
 
 
 
Half Day Shelter C | Vernon Hills
150
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
200
 
 
 
 
Heron Creek Shelter A | Long Grove
50
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Heron Creek Shelter B | Long Grove
100
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
500
For reservations, call Catering by Michaels, 847-966-6555.
 
capacity
band
catering
fireplace
fishing
flush-toilets
heated-restrooms
heaters
horseshoe-pit
moonwalk
picnic-tables
playfield
playground
raod-access
tent
volleyball-court
Lakewood Shelter A | Wauconda
250
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lakewood Shelter B | Wauconda
250
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lakewood Shelter C | Wauconda
250
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lakewood Shelter E | Wauconda
500
 
 
 
 
Nippersink Shelter A | Round Lake
50
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nippersink Shelter B | Round Lake
50
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nippersink Shelter C | Round Lake
150
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nippersink Shelter D | Round Lake
100
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
150
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
150
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
500
 
 
 
 
 
100
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
100
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
250
 
 
 
 
 
 
150
 
 
 
 
 
100
 
 
 
 
 
 
100
 
 
 
 
 
 

*Includes moonwalk, inflatables, and other live entertainment.

Not all services are permitted at all sites. The special activities and approved vendors list does not apply for Independence Grove events. Please contact Catering by Michaels at 847-966-6555 for catered events at Independence Grove's North Bay Pavilion.


Shelter Permits

For exclusive use of a picnic shelter, regardless of group size, a permit is required. All shelters provide a parking area, picnic tables, drinking water, toilets, and at least one grill. Most offer electricity. Many have playgrounds, playfields and trails nearby. Smoking is prohibited within 15 feet of playgrounds.

Permit fees for picnic shelters are based on group size and event date, and begin at $60 for Lake County residents and $120 for nonresidents. Accommodations for groups of 700 or more are arranged on an individual basis.

There is a $5 fee to change the date, location or number of people (subject to availability) after your reservation has been finalized. Permits are not refundable.


Shelter Permit Fees
 

Weekends and holidays (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day)
1–50 people
Resident
Nonresident
1–100 people
Resident
Nonresident
1–200 people
Resident
Nonresident
$220
$290
For each additional group of 10 people add $10.
Weekday and off-season reservations (after Labor Day through Friday before Memorial Day)
1–50 people
Resident
Nonresident
1–100 people
Resident
Nonresident
1–200 people
Resident
Nonresident
$210
$270
1–500 people
 
 
Independence Grove North Bay Pavilion. For pricing, contact Catering by Michaels at 847-966-6555.
For each additional group of 10 people add $10.

Open Area Permits

Open areas are available at most preserves on a first-come, first-served basis for up to 50 people. Open areas are not reservable, however, a permit is required for groups of 25 to 50 people. Fee is $50 (resident), $100 (nonresident). Permits/fees are not required for groups under 25. Tents sized 10 feet by 10 feet or smaller are allowed. For most preserves, open area permits can be obtained from a Ranger if present on site, or by calling 847-549-5200 and asking to speak to a Ranger. Open area permits for Independence Grove can be purchased at the Visitors Center.


Shelter Reservations

Check shelter availability and purchase permits online, by phone at 847-367-6640, or at our General Offices at 1899 West Winchester Road in Libertyville, open 8 am–4:30 pm, weekdays.


Picnic Services Vendor Permits

Vendors hired by permit holders to provide special activities allowed at a picnic shelter must be licensed with us for the current year. Annual or single use permits can be purchased. View our list of special activities and approved vendors. Learn how to become a licensed vendor.


For your safety and enjoyment, please...

  • Leave nature as you find it for others to enjoy.
  • Leash and pick up litter from pets.
  • Smoking is prohibited within 15 feet of playgrounds.
  • Clean the shelter area before leaving your event.
  • Decorations and directional signs are permitted, but may not be attached to Lake County Forest Preserve signs. Use only tape or thumbtacks to attach decorations to the shelter. All decorations and signs must be removed when event is finished.
  • Alcoholic beverages are permitted; must be 21 years or older. No alcohol consumption within 100 feet of parking lots. Host liquor liability insurance is available but not mandatory.
  • Park only in lots. Loitering in lots is prohibited. Vehicles left after closing will be towed at owner's expense.
  • Service roads may be used for unloading and loading only. Do not leave vehicles parked on service road. If you need use of the service road, place a request for the gate to be dropped at the time you reserve the shelter.
  • All preserves are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Picnic tables are 6 feet by 3 feet and seat six adults.
  • Wheelchair accessible picnic tables are 8 feet by 3 feet with a 6-foot bench.

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Preserves are open 6:30 am–sunset, daily. Find a sunset time for your desired date »

Special Facility Reservations

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Natural Settings for Weddings, Banquets, and Meetings

Let nature create a unique setting for your next special event, whether it's a wedding, banquet, golf outing, corporate, non-profit or family gathering. A landscape painted by one of the four seasons can be yours when you treat your guests to an event at one of our premier facilities.

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